Moose pictures taken in Phillipston, MA.
Animal: Moose (A.K.A an Elk to Europeans)
Species: There are 6 subspecies of moose in the world, the Eastern Moose, Western Moose, Alaska Moose, European Moose, Siberian Moose and the Shiras Moose.
Lifespan: Moose live to be about 20-25 years old.
Size: The average adult moose is about 6 or 7 ft tall at the shoulder. Male moose weigh 800-1500 lbs, while females tend to weigh less at about 600-800 lbs.
Habitat: Moose prefer sub-arctic, temperate climates that get no warmer than 60 degrees during the summer. They live in dense forests that are in close proximity to lakes, bogs, streams, and other bodies of water.
Family Life: Moose start their mating season int he early fall. During this time, females attract potential mates with deep mating calls and a strong scent. Males often have to fight over a female and use their big antlers to intimidate and hurt one another. Once mating season is over, males and females go their separate ways. The males antlers fall off. Females carry their young until the summer or early fall. They usually give birth to one or two calves. The calves grow up quickly. By the time they are 5 days old they are already capable of outrunning a human. By the following mating season they leave their mother to make a life of their own.
Diet: Moose eat twigs, leaves, and various other plant life.
Only mature male moose have antlers
Moose are capable of running 35 mph
When swimming, moose have been known to go completely under water for up to 30 seconds at a time!